Perinatologists

A perinatologist is an obstetrician who has special training in managing patients with high-risk pregnancies, or complications during pregnancy. As a member of the Fetal Treatment Center team, the perinatologist is responsible for managing all aspects of your prenatal care.

For further information regarding Perinatology please refer to the Department of Ob/Gyn and Reproductive Sciences website. 

Shilpa P. Chetty, M.D.

Interim Perinatal Director, Fetal Treatment Center
Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
Perinatologist and Medical Geneticist

Dr. Shilpa P. Chetty is an obstetrician and gynecologist who specializes in high-risk pregnancy and perinatal genetics. She is the Interim Perinatal Director for the Fetal Treatment Center. She has a special interest in prenatal diagnosis, fetal anomalies and the management of pregnancy complicated by medical and genetic disorders.

Chetty completed a medical degree at Loma Linda...

Katherine Connolly, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
Perinatologist

Dr. Katherine Connolly is a perinatologist, a doctor who specializes in high-risk pregnancies, prenatal diagnoses of disorders or complications, and prenatal ultrasound. She performs chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis, prenatal tests that screen for genetic abnormalities.

Connolly earned her medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she also...

Neda Ghaffari, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
Perinatolgist

Dr. Neda Ghaffari has an interest in both maternal medicine and fetal medicine; extensive experience in managing medically complicated pregnancies, especially in patients with cardiac disease, malignancies in pregnancy, and congenital anomalies; skilled in fetal echocardiogram, an NTQR-certified provider, and California State Prenatal Screening Program...

Juan Gonzalez-Velez , M.D.

Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
MFM Fellowship Program Director
Perinatologist

Dr. Juan Gonzalez-Velez is an obstetrician and gynecologist who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Gonzalez-Velez completed a medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, followed by a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also received a Masters of Translational...

Ben Li, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
Perinatologist

Dr. Ben Li is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist and Medical Geneticist. Dr. Li graduated from UCSF Medical School and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital where he served as administrative chief resident. He returned home to complete both his Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Medical Genetics fellowships at UCSF.

Mary E. Norton, M.D.

Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
Vice Chair, Clinical and Translational Genetics
Director, Program in Genetic and Genomic Prenatal Medicine
Perinatologist and Medical Geneticist

Dr. Mary Norton is a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist as well as a clinical geneticist. She specializes in the care of women at high risk for having a baby with a birth defect or genetic disorder. She oversees the prenatal diagnosis program at UCSF, and is an expert in high-risk obstetrical ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis procedures such as amniocentesis and CVS. Her research interests...

Larry Rand, M.D.

Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
Perinatologist

Dr. Larry Rand uses his special training and experience with high-risk pregnancies to care for women with fetal complications. Dr. Rand was a medical/cultural anthropologist and studied biochemistry before entering the field of medicine. He travels to West Africa several times a year to perform surgery and provide high risk obstetric care to patients with limited access. In addition to...

Teresa Sparks, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
Perinatologist and Medical Geneticist

Dr. Teresa Sparks is an obstetrician and gynecologist who specializes in high-risk pregnancies and perinatal genetics. She has particular interests in fetal anomalies, management of pregnancies affected by maternal or fetal genetic conditions, and prenatal diagnosis. Dr. Sparks has research interests focused on the genetic etiologies underlying non-immune hydrops fetalis, as well as on...